Novice filmmaker Marc Singer lived in the bowels of a midtown Manhattan railway station for two years to shoot this harrowing account of the day-to-day existence of the homeless. Shot in noirish black and white, Singer shows how society's discarded and disenfranchised fashion a community of sorts in the sunless labyrinth of the station's transit tunnels. Though told without narration, a dozen or so individual stories emerge. Dee (the sole woman depicted in the film) lost all her children in a house fire while she was high on crack; Ralph remains inconsolable after his five-year old's rape and mutilation during a stint in prison. In the final reel, Amtrak sends in armed police to clean out the tunnels, citing health concerns. However, the subterranean tenets happen upon a stroke of luck, as an NYC social worker discovers a cache of previously unclaimed public housing. Featuring a sparse soundtrack by DJ Shadow, Dark Days won the Grand Jury prize for cinematography, the Freedom of Expression award, and an audience award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Foreign,Drama
- Run Time: 81min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 08/30/2000
- DVD Release Date: 09/25/2001
- Distributor(s): Palm Pictures
- Themes: Down on Their Luck,Inner City Blues
- Tone: Gritty,Harsh,Intimate,Poignant,Visceral,Austere
homeless, community, hardships, homelessness, resilience, squatter, struggle, tunnel, urban-problems
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (08-30-2000)
- Language: English